Through the Lens: the Dalian Oil Spill

Posted on March 24th, 2011 in Links by Tim • 0 Comments

Somehow I missed all this. I guess the BP oil spill took over the news at the time. Via

Last July, while America was coming to terms with the fallout from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, China itself was dealing with the largest oil spill in its history in the city of Dalian. During the disaster, a fatal act of bravery was caught on film by a nearby photographer.

Assigned by Greenpeace to the area, Chinese photographer Lu Guang documented the environmental destruction and the clean-up effort in Dalian. While he was photographing the city’s harbor for his assignment, a 25 year-old firefighter named Zhang Liang waded into the harbor to clear a water pump but lost his footing. Despite efforts by rescuers, Liang drowned.

With shaking hands, Lu Guang photographed Liang’s death on 47 digital files. The episode lasted less than six minutes. A second firefighter, Han Xiao Xiong lost consciousness beneath the slick but was rescued. The tragic series of photos later won third prize in the 2011 World Press Photo awards’ spot news category.


“In Focus : Pete Eckert” by Artists Wanted

Posted on February 7th, 2011 in Links by Tim • 0 Comments

Pete Eckert is a totally blind person. But through his photography, he proves that he IS a visual person, he just can’t see.

Pete was the Grand Prize recipient of Artists Wanted: Exposure 2008, an international photography competition, and was awarded $2,008 with a formal reception at Leo Kesting Gallery in New York City on Thursday August 7, 2008.

Artists Wanted is proud to present this truly inspiring portrait of the artist.

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A Mystery: Why Cant We Walk Straight? on Vimeo

Posted on February 2nd, 2011 in Links by Tim • 0 Comments
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Try as you might, you can’t walk in a straight line without a visible guide point, like the Sun or a star. You might think you’re walking straight, but as NPR’s Robert Krulwich reports, a map of your route would reveal you are doomed to walk in circles.

It’s a mystery to me. But the animation is wonderfully done.


Posted on January 29th, 2011 in Links by Tim • 0 Comments

This is what I would like to have on the walls. Maybe not everywhere in the house, but I can imagine a few spots where it would fit in nicely.
And yes, this is art for me. Not classical, but modern. And if you disagree, try to create something better than this.